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Mar 27, 2009 02:52 PM

KÉAN: Great Coffee Returns to Tustin

Just saying - it's so nice to go to a real coffeehouse, where you don't feel the need to explain to the counterperson and barrista how to make a macchiato.

And this was the perfect macchiato, a wonderful, deep-flavored espresso, pure and sweet all by itself (no need for sugar), that is still lingering on my palette a good hour or more after I've had it. Marked with a bit of foam, in a beautiful design. Just enough.

This is the third time this week, and I can see them getting a bit more organized each time. They've pretty much got it together now. That cinmamon pastry they've got (from Pacific Whey Bakery) was darn good too.

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  1. Is that the cinnamon croissant? I had that when they sold my cinnamon roll out from under me (@$#$&!!) and it was not bad -- I was afraid it was going to be overwhelmingly cinnamony and it wasn't.

    The coffee, however, is the star and it is just as good there as in the original location in Yuppie Bay.

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      No, I forget what they called it but it was almost like a cinnamony slice of really good bread pudding ! Actually the cinnamon was not overwhelming, much of the flavor was sort of an amalgam of eggy, bready goodness.

    2. Arrived Wed morning and the whole place was packed around 9:30am.
      Coffee was good and lot's of seating. It will be interesting to see if Tustin steps up and supports it? Previously there was Starbucks and before that Dietrich's.
      There really isn't any competition other than Peet's up the street. Then again Major Dickerson's Blend is pretty good in a pinch, when not doing Origins (non blends).
      Picked up some K`eans PAPUA NEW GUINEA to play with in the Techni-vorm coffee maker.

      1. Just been to Kean in Newport. Love the place, has the same vibe as the original Diedrich stores. I missed Diedrich's when it was run by Martin Diedrich.

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        1. re: martiniman

          I liked their coffee but driving to the NB location was a bit of a drag for me. Their coffee is good and the people working there are very friendly. I went to the Lost Bean and was underwhelmed. There is also a place in Orange that I read about in OC Weekly (said they had the best coffee in OC) that is always closed. Last time I went there (at 5pm), I couldn't get a coffee because they were closing. On a Saturday? 5pm? I told my wife to never let me try and go there again since they are always closed.

          1. re: bsquared2

            Kaffa! (why must peope have unnecessary punctuation in business names??) closes early. Go in the morning; it's a breakfast and lunch place. Kéan it isn't, but it's good coffee.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              i really like kaffa and it's a couple storefronts down from the greek joint.

              1. re: kevin

                I know... I go there for coffee and never noticed the Greek joint until this month.

              2. re: Das Ubergeek

                Every time we go there, they seem to close earlier and earlier. My wife will kill me if I go there and they are closed ;)

                Is it really any better than Kean? The decor was a bit generic and it didn't look like they had any good snacks. I felt the same way with the Lost Bean. Nothing really outstanding about it. Not bad if you are in the neighborhood, but since Kean is now in the neighborhood.....

                1. re: bsquared2

                  No. As I said, Kéan it ain't but it pinch-hits OK when Tustin is not in the cards.

                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                    which joint has the early to bed hours, is it kaffa or kean? thanks.

                    1. re: kevin

                      Kaffa. I think Kean Tustin is open until at least 9 PM -- they're open later than that in NPB.

                  2. re: bsquared2

                    RE: Kaffa! - I think the story there is, that most of their business is around weekday lunch hours, from the local offices and hospital people in the area, and they just don't seem to have enough customers during off hours to justify staying open. Which is a shame, IMO. They're closed on Sundays, too.

                    I think the espresso is very good at Kaffa, they really pay attention and they do latte art. IMO it's definitely better than the typical coffeehouse. I'd have to say, though, that the espresso at Kean is superior. Deeper, and more interesting.

            2. We just tried it. Everything was great, but it just didn't have the coolness of the original location.

              1. My husband told me about this--he used to work for Martin (Deidrich Coffee) in "the day". I hope they open up one in NOC.

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                1. re: Funwithfood

                  Ahhh yes it would be nice to have one in north OC again...I practically gave up my daily coffee when the location in Brea stopped being "local".

                  1. re: OCAnn

                    Yes, the closing of that location was a very sad day.